Posts Tagged ‘William Blake’

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell – William Blake

November 21, 2010

If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. — William Blake

The Doors of Perception – Heaven and Hell – Aldous Huxley

Two short stories by Aldous Huxley inspired by William Blake and drug trips!

Paulo Coelho makes an implicit reference to Blake in The Alchemist.

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

Synchronicity: I thought of these lines yesterday and their implicit reference in The Alchemist, then today at around the same time I get sent this video of Blake’s paintings!

Music: Kuh by Replikas, a Turkish band.

Also see

William Blake – God Is The Imagination – Gnostic

To see a world in a grain of sand

William Blake – God Is The Imagination – Gnostic

July 30, 2010

I was mesmerized and stunned by William Blake when I read the following lines

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

The words are mind blowing!

There is an implicit reference to Blake in The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, and Paulo Coelho notes him as one of his influences.

Many years ago, possibly in the 1970s, I went to an exhibition on William Blake, not sure where, maybe the Royal Academy in London.

I hear Jerusalem and I think of the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London. When I hear the Last Night of the Proms I know summer is over.

Also see

To see a World in a Grain of Sand

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell – William Blake

Proverbs of Hell

April 10, 2010
Jacob's Ladder - William Blake

Jacob's Ladder - William Blake

1. In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.
2. Drive your cart and your plow over the bones of the dead.
3. The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
4. Prudence is a rich, ugly old maid courted by Incapacity.
5. He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence.
6. The cut worm forgives the plow.
7. Dip him in the river who loves water.
8. A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
9. He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.
10. Eternity is in love with the productions of time.
11. The busy bee has no time for sorrow.
12. The hours of folly are measur’d by the clock; but of wisdom, no clock can measure.
13. All wholesome food is caught without a net or a trap.
14. Bring out number, weight and measure in a year of dearth.
15. No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.
16. A dead body revenges not injuries.
17. The most sublime act is to set another before you.
18. If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.
19. Folly is the cloak of knavery.
20. Shame is Pride’s cloke.
21. Prisons are built with stones of law, brothels with bricks of religion.
22. The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.
23. The lust of the goat is the bounty of God.
24. The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God.
25. The nakedness of woman is the work of God.
26. Excess of sorrow laughs. Excess of joy weeps.
27. The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves, the raging of the stormy sea, and the destructive sword, are portions of eternity, too great for the eye of man.
28. The fox condemns the trap, not himself.
29. Joys impregnate. Sorrows bring forth.
30. Let man wear the fell of the lion, woman the fleece of the sheep.
31. The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.
32. The selfish, smiling fool, and the sullen, frowning fool shall be both thought wise, that they may be a rod.
33. What is now proved was once only imagin’d.
34. The rat, the mouse, the fox, the rabbit watch the roots; the lion, the tyger, the horse, the elephant watch the fruits.
35. The cistern contains: the fountain overflows.
36. One thought fills immensity.
37. Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you.
38. Every thing possible to be believ’d is an image of truth.
39. The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn of the crow.
40. The fox provides for himself, but God provides for the lion.
41. Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.
42. He who has suffer’d you to impose on him, knows you.
43. As the plow follows words, so God rewards prayers.
44. The tygers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
45. Expect poison from the standing water.
46. You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.
47. Listen to the fool’s reproach! it is a kingly title!
48. The eyes of fire, the nostrils of air, the mouth of water, the beard of earth.
49. The weak in courage is strong in cunning.
50. The apple tree never asks the beech how he shall grow; nor the lion, the horse, how he shall take his prey.
51. The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.
52. If others had not been foolish, we should be so.
53. The soul of sweet delight can never be defil’d.
54. When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius; lift up thy head!
55. As the caterpiller chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys.
56. To create a little flower is the labour of ages.
57. Damn braces. Bless relaxes.
58. The best wine is the oldest, the best water the newest.
59. Prayers plow not! Praises reap not!
60. Joys laugh not! Sorrows weep not!
61. The head Sublime, the heart Pathos, the genitals Beauty, the hands and feet Proportion.
62. As the air to a bird or the sea to a fish, so is contempt to the contemptible.
63. The crow wish’d every thing was black, the owl that every thing was white.
64. Exuberance is Beauty.
65. If the lion was advised by the fox, he would be cunning.
66. Improvement makes strait roads; but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius.
67. Sooner murder an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires.
68. Where man is not, nature is barren.
69. Truth can never be told so as to be understood, and not be believ’d.
70. Enough! or too much.

Proverbs of Hell by William Blake, posted by Paulo Coelho on his blog.

I first came across William Blake with the following lines

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

I found these lines mind blowing.

There is an implicit reference to William Blake in The Alchemist, when as they are crossing the desert the alchemist tells Santiago ‘You don’t even have to understand the desert: all you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand, and you will see in it all the marvels of creation.’

Sometime long ago, maybe in the 1970s, I went to an exhibition of Blake’s work, possibly at the Royal Academy in London. I was not disappointed.

William Blake (1757-1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Paulo Coelho cites William Blake as one of his influences.

Every particle of the world

February 16, 2010

Every particle of the world is a mirror,
In each atom lies the blazing light
of a thousands suns.
Cleave the heart of a raindrop,
a hundred pure oceans will flow forth.
Look closely at a grain of sand,
the seed of a thousand beings can be seen.
The foot of an ant is larger than an elephant;
In essence, a drop of water
is no different than the Nile.
In the heart of a barley-corn
Lies the fruit of a hundred harvests;
Within the pulp of a millet seed
an entire universe can be found.
In the wing of a fly, an ocean of wonder;
In the pupil of the eye, an endless heaven.
Though the inner chamber of the heart is small.
The Lord of both worlds
gladly makes His home there.

— Mahmud Shahestrai

I am strongly reminded of William Blake.

Extracted from The Essential Mystics by Andrew Harvey.

Also see

The nature of reality

To see a world in a grain of sand

To see a world in a grain of sand

February 6, 2010

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

— William Blake

When I first came across these few lines a few years ago the effect was mind blowing. This is Zen. It also captures space-time and quantum mechanics.

There is an implicit reference to these lines in The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, when as they are crossing the desert the alchemist tells Santiago ‘You don’t even have to understand the desert: all you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand, and you will see in it all the marvels of creation.’

Taken from ‘Auguries of Innocence’ by William Blake.

For my lovely friend Sian who was struck by the beauty and not knowing it was by Blake thought I was reading her Zen poetry.

Also see

The nature of reality

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell – William Blake

William Blake – God Is The Imagination – Gnostic